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Record crowds for 2017 Para Athletics Worlds

Record crowds for 2017 Para Athletics Worlds
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The 2017 World Para Athletics Championships sold 305,000 tickets, exceeding the figures for all seven previous editions of the event combined.

The Championships, staged from 14 to 23 July, were a huge success with more than 1000 athletes competing in more than 200 medal events and more than 30 hours of live coverage on Channel 4.

London was the first ever city to host both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships in the same year, with experts assessing the total direct economic impact as exceeding £107m.

"When it comes to hosting global sports events, this unforgettable summer proved once again that nobody does it quite like London," said Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

"Our great city made a huge success of hosting both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships – the first time both events had ever been staged in the same stadium, in the same year. London 2017 provided a lifetime of memories."

Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s chief  executive officer, added: "The World Para Athletics Championships in London were by far the best yet, taking the event to a whole new level.  Record crowds and broadcast audiences around the world were rewarded with record breaking performances by the Para athletes."